Tongue Piercing

piercingTongue piercing is one of the most popular body piercings in the world, as well as one of the most popular body modifications in general.

It is a common piercing with both men and women.

Some sources indicate that it’s currently the fourth most popular piercing in the world.

Piercing and Placement

Tongue piercing is very old in origin. It has a history in Meso-America and East Asia. For example, it was popular with Maya and Aztec cultures, typically through religious and performance practices.

On the West, however, tongue piercing is a relatively new thing, gaining popularity only in the late 20th century, during the 1980s. This is where we observe a rise in popularity of all body modifications and tongue piercing became one of the most popular piercings. The popularity is largely thanks to the first professional body piercing studio in the US, Gauntlet.

The most common placement for a tongue piercing is one hole through the center of the tongue. This is what is considered a “standard” placement, though other variations are also possible.

Tongue piercings are usually done at 14g or 12g, depending on the piercer. Before getting your piercing done, consult your piercer to see which gauge works the best for you. Also, your piercer will help you decide on the most optimal placement.

There are many blood vessels in the tongue so it’s important to hire an experienced piercer to perform the procedure. A knowledgeable piercer will know how to identify the large blood vessels and find the safest place to pierce.

The piercing itself is performed with a piercing needle or a cannula needle after the tongue is clamped. Typically, the piercing is done from bottom to top. While this type of piercing may seem very painful, it’s actually one of the least painful body piercings in the world. Therefore, the discomfort during the procedure should not be significant. That being said, tongues are known to swell after the piercing is done, so you should expect that. However, if the swelling persists you need to contact your doctor.

Jewelry

The most common jewelry for tongue piercings are straight barbells. It is vital to choose the barbell that matches the piercing perfectly. Tongue is a sensitive body part so it’s important to ensure a perfect fit. Luckily, this is not difficult: all you need to know is the exact gauge you’re pierced with (or your current gauge, in the case of stretched piercings).

While you may sometimes hear people referring to tongue jewelry as “tongue rings”, rings are rarely used for this type of piercing. That being said, there is nothing preventing you to have a ring in your tongue piercing. There are some people who prefer rings over straight barbells, though they are recommended only for fully healed tongue piercings.

When choosing jewelry, it’s important to ensure perfect comfort. The tongue moves a lot so jewelry has to sit nicely and shouldn’t prevent any movement.

Additional Info and Tips

  • It’s interesting to note that tongue piercing was once considered unusual and even extreme, but this is no longer true. Since this is such a popular piercing there are people from all areas of life and all demographics enjoying this piercing.
  • Tongue piercing has somewhat declined in popularity in the past several years, but it’s still considered a very popular piercing.
  • Tongue piercings tend to heal fast. They can heal in about 3 to 4 weeks. This is one of the fastest healing times for any piercing.
  • Since the tongue heals fast it also means that the hole can close quickly. This is why it’s not recommended to remove your tongue jewelry.
  • Initial jewelry for tongue piercing is always made to be significantly longer, to accommodate the swelling. Once the swelling is gone you can go to your piercer to switch jewelry to the right size. It’s vital that the jewelry change is made by your piercer and not by yourself.
  • To reduce the swelling after procedure, drink cold beverages and suck on crushed ice. Avoid alcohol and spicy food.
  • Tongue piercing can easily be stretched to a larger gauge. Gauges larger than 14g will reduce the chance of migration and rejection, so there are many people stretching their tongue piercings to 10g or even 8g.
  • There are other popular placements apart from standard. Some people choose to have their piercing done to the side of the tongue instead of center. Multiple piercings are also popular. One of the most popular multiple tongue piercings are the so-called “venom bites”: two piercings placed side by side on the tongue. Also, the tongue itself is not the only part that is pierced. For example, some people have tongue web piercings.

Common Problems and Complications of Tongue Piercings

Tongue PiercingOral piercings are getting more and more popular each year. While they are still not as popular as some other piercing types (earlobe piercing or navel piercing), they are among the most common piercing types.

Tongue piercings are very beautiful and you can find some truly gorgeous jewelry pieces to go with your tongue piercing. Not to mention that some people claim these piercings are functional when it comes to kissing and oral sex. It is not a secret that genital piercings can be used to enhance sexual pleasure, but a nice tongue piercing can help, too.

In order to enjoy your tongue piercing to the fullest, you need to know all about the procedure and all the possible risks. This is the only way to protect yourself and to avoid problems that may arise with a tongue piercing.

Are Tongue Piercings Dangerous?

One of the first thing many people as is whether tongue piercings are dangerous or not. The truth is that they can be harmless and very dangerous, and it all depends on the person who pierces you. If done correctly, tongue piercings are no more dangerous nor complicated than earlobe piercing. However, if you are pierced by an inexperienced piercer, there are some serious problems that may arise.

In order to avoid these problems, the key is to choose a reliable piercer who is not just professional and follows all the health and safety standards but is also knowledgeable and experienced in tongue piercings. You need someone who has a rich experience in performing this procedure.

This is the most important step: find a good professional. This person will know how to take care of the procedure and how to avoid all the possible complications that may arise from piercing a tongue.

Another way to avoid problems is to follow the aftercare instructions carefully. This is vital. You have to clean your piercing regularly and follow other aftercare instructions recommended by your piercer.

If you keep in mind these two tips (choosing an experienced piercer and follow aftercare instructions) you should not have problems with your tongue piercing.

Common Tongue Piercing Issues

There are some issues and problems that may arise with a tongue piercing, particularly if the procedure is not performed correctly. You need to be aware of these problems and you need to know how to recognize them in case you need to seek professional and medical help. Keep in mind that these problems don’t happen often if you choose a reliable piercer and if you follow the aftercare instructions, but it’s still useful to be informed about them.

Common problems with tongue piercings include:

  • Excessive bleeding. Most of the time, it’s a consequence of inadequately performed procedure.
  • Injuries to the mouth and teeth. Again, most of these occur as a consequence of inadequate procedure. However, some of them can happen due to inadequate aftercare. Some of these injuries occur later, as a result of people cracking or chipping their teeth with tongue jewelry.
  • Infections. If a piercer follows safety measures, they rarely happen as a result of procedure. They usually occur when inadequate aftercare is performed.

In case some of these problems occur, it’s important to seek medical help immediately. In case of the infections, you will probably need to take antibiotic. In some of the cases, you will need to remove your tongue jewelry, which may leave scarring.

Some other problems you may face are: receded gums (as a result of the jewelry pushing against the front teeth) and teeth crowns being scratched. Sometimes, tongue jewelry can break certain tooth restorations, such as porcelain crowns.

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The Truth about Tongue Piercings

First off, do not believe everything you read! You are going to hear all kinds of horror stories about tongue piercings, but guess what? When ear lobe piercing was on the rise, there were all kinds of tales of doom and gloom with these as well. No matter where you look, you can always find bad reviews and horror stories for everything in the world all due to others opinion. Think about – you can hear not to eat eggs from one doctor and then from other eat eggs. Like stated before, it is all an opinion. The main thing is to learn how to care for your piercings whether they are on your ear lobes, tongues, naval, or elsewhere. Continue reading

What’s Hot in Tongue Jewelry?

Tongue piercings are very popular and there are many people with pierced tongues that would surprise you. Celebrities, young, and old alike are sporting tongue jewelry even if you cannot see them.

Today, there is a large variety of tongue jewelry available. The majority of style includes barbells. The uniqueness of the barbells is far reaching as the end can include various gems, metals, and more.

If you are wondering what’s hot in tongue jewelry today, you may be surprised to learn that the most popular barbells for the tongue include acrylic straight barbells, French ticklers, and obscene saying tongue straight barbells.

The acrylic straight barbells are awesome for those that travel all the time as the metal detectors will not find your unique tongue jewelry and cause you to slow down at the airport. Today, many clubs are also using metal detectors to ensure the safety of their patrons; with these acrylic barbells, you will not have any worries. You can always wear your normal tongue jewelry at other times. Why not wear the acrylic barbells at the clubs? They will glow or change colors under blacklights giving you even more fun and ways to show off your stunning tongue jewelry. You can find these barbells in many different gauges and sizes. The colors available in glow blue, glow green, orange, pink, clear, purple, yellow, red, light blue, blue, light green, green, and black.

The French tickler tongue jewelry is created with implantation silicone and fits 10 gauge, 12 gauge, and 14 gauge straight barbells. They also fit on any standard ¼-inch ball. These are truly unique and offer a new look to your tongue jewelry. The options available include spikey sphere, sea mine, pleasure dome, bubble ball, and atom. This tongue jewelry comes in a variety of colors including glow in the dark, black, blue, green, orange, pink, purple, yellow, and red.

The obscene saying tongue straight barbells may be the most fun of all the tongue barbells available as you do not have to speak a word to say what is on your mind, just stick out your tongue. This tongue jewelry is made from surgical steel. The sayings include lick me, licker, 69, spunk, babe, teaser, and more.

These are just the top sellers of the tongue jewelry you may wish to add to your collection. The idea of tongue jewelry is to give your personality a chance to shine with attractive and unique tongue jewelry. Finding the perfect tongue jewelry will be fun as you browse all the selections and designs.